Two Pilots - One Aircraft - Who has control?
In the applications below, two people running Flight Simulator can share one aircraft cockpit. Aircraft control can be swapped between them quickly and simply. The handling pilot has full control of all aircraft systems. The non-handling pilot has control over the aircraft systems except his joystick and rudders and any buttons on his joystick, so an instructor can demonstrate a manoeuvre sitting at his computer, while the student watches the aircraft being flown on his computer. The student can then practice the manoeuvre while the instructor watches.
Cockpit sharing can be very sociable and a lot of fun as well as hard work for the student. Both pilots can be half a world apart, connected to each other over the internet, but there is no detectable delay in flight performance.
Instructions for using FSX Cockpit Sharing and VATSIM
Cockpit Sharing is a built in feature of the De Luxe and Gold versions of FSX. Instructor and student can connect either via a direct peer to peer connection, or when the student is ready for the realism to be increased, via VATSIM. They then can take advantage of live ATC as described above. Both members taking part must have exactly the same version of FSX. This includes having FSX Service Pack 1 and Service Pack 2 installed.
The very good FSNet/Co-pilot application for shared cockpit flying in FS9 is unfortunately no longer available. Some level of sharing the Flight Simulator can be achieved using Team Viewer.